Tuesday, October 03, 2006

This time it was me

I'm sorry it took so long to get the contest going. I was out shopping around for the book itself (Treasures) , since Amazon didn't have it in stock as of 3 in the afternoon. (???) I got to look over the book at some leisure, playing with all those wonderful inserts they've put in and ogling the pictures. Ooh, someone is going to be very happy when they win this book! To try your luck, just go to the contests page and leave your name and email address. The winner and runner-up will be notified via email once the contest is over and they will send their shipping information then. Winner and runner-up will be chosen at random -- out of a hat, if you must know.

In vaguely Audrey-related news, I watched Ballet Russes last night. It's a documentary film on the original prima dancers of the Ballet Russes in all its incarnations, and it's a very well done film. Audrey's ballet teacher in England worked with Nijinsky and other people who founded Diaghilev's original company, and I'm sure she greatly admired many of these dancers, though it was always Fonteyn who was her favourite. Even if you aren't a ballet nut or dancer (past or present), you'll still be captivated by their story, and you'll see just why ballet captivated Audrey so much and why it hurt her so much to have to let that dream go. Their official site is here, where you can see the trailer. It's out on DVD now, so it should be pretty easy to find and rent if you're curious about it.

Lastly, there's a new short program up on You Tube that's about Audrey. I haven't seen it yet (I'm going to watch it during dinner), but here's all of it broken into three easy pieces:

*edit* After watching the program, I noticed that most of the songs played in the first half were from Dmitri From Paris's album "Sacré Bleu." If you're an Amélie fan, then you'll have noticed "Comptine D'Un Autre Ete L'Apres Midi." :) And, of course, a little Mancini thrown in for good measure. Overall, the show was a nice little bite-sized biography, and a good portion of the pictures are in Treasures. I hate how melodramatic the beginning was, though. I'm sure Audrey would have rolled her eyes. It was like watching The Audrey Hepburn Story again.

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